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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Mustangs’ pressure wears down Eagles
Win or lose, Fredericksburg Christian coach Walt Webb knew going up against a national powerhouse in Montrose Christian would provide a perfect opportunity to gauge the development of his team.
What the Mustangs brought was a plethora of Division I prospects that comprise a well-balanced group of strong guards and long forwards. What the Eagles brought was a gritty effort and a measuring stick.
And despite a 60–38 loss to Montrose Christian on Saturday afternoon, they were able to come away with some positives.
“This was a good measuring tool for us,” Webb said. “We had nothing to lose, but it’s a great measuring tool for us and where we want to be.”
Fredericksburg Christian was able to hang with the Mustangs for the better part of three quarters behind a tight defense and strong shooting. A step-back jumper at the first buzzer by point guard Daryl Myers sent the Eagles into the break trailing by just five.
Chris Cheatham, who Webb said he’d put up against any shooter in the area, buried a 3-pointer at the start of the second half to cut the lead to two and bring the Eagles as close as they would get to Montrose Christian for the remainder of the game.
After taking an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter, Mustangs forward Raymond Doby took over, scoring eight of his 23 points to widen the margin.
Cheatham said preparing for a talented Montrose Christian team was nothing out of the ordinary.
“We just prepared like any other game, obviously we weren’t going to overestimate them and come in scared going into the game,” said Cheatham, who scored 10 points. “We had to come out and try to play the best that we could.”
Fredericksburg Christian shot just 35 percent and took 14 less shots than the Mustangs. The Eagles turned the ball over 16 times compared to an efficient Montrose Christian offense that committed half as many.
Myers led the Eagles with 12 points and James Ashlock added nine. Trier had 12 points and Jarrell Brantley and Andre Thomas combined for 17 points for the Mustangs.
Webb embraced the opportunity to test his team against Montrose Christian just two games into the young season.
“We won’t see anybody else again like that this season,” he said.
The Eagles will get another shot at the Mustangs later this season when they travel to Montrose Christian in February.
“Most teams around here aren’t really in shape for the caliber of team we just faced,” Myers said. “As far as competition level this is pretty good for us to build as a team and come together.”